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MEASURES OF VERSE.
Onward she | glides amid | ripple and | spray Over the | waters a | way and a | way ! Bright are the | visions of | youth ere they | part, Passing a | way like a | dream of the | heart.
Sea-king's | daughter from | over the | sea.
Alexandra ! Saxon and | Norman and | Dane are | we, But | all of us | Danes in our | welcome of | thee,
Alexandra ! Welcome her, | thunders of | fort and of | fleet! Welcome her, | thundering | cheer of the | street! Welcome her, | all things | youthful and | sweet ! Scatter the | blossom | under her | feet!
Brightest and | best of the | sons of the | morning, Dawn on our | darkness and | lend us thine | aid;
Star of the | East, the hor | izon a | doming, Guide where our | Infant Re | deemer is | laid.
The following examples will be found to run more in the measure of Amphibrachs> though by-regarding the first foot as an Iambus it would become Anapestic, while by beginning with a single syllable it becomes Dactylic. The general character of the rhythm as interpreted by a trained ear is the sole test.